Contact InformationKaan Erkorkmaz

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35214
Location: EC4 1013


Biography Summary

Kaan Erkorkmaz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Professor Erkorkmaz’s research interests are in the areas of precision manufacturing, machining, and dynamics; controls, and optimal trajectory planning for machine tools; with the objective of increasing the productivity, part quality, and resource efficiency in manufacturing operations.

Research Interests

  • Precision Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Controls
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Automotive
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Controls and Precision Tooling
  • Digital Factories
  • Digital Design and Fabrication Technologies
  • Embedded Systems
  • Sensors and Devices
  • Machining Automation
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing


  • 2004, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:Optimal Trajectory Generation and Precision Tracking Control for Multi-Axis Machines Specialization: Automatic Control (major), Machining, Mechanical Vibrations, Instrumentation, Design, Sensors and Actuators, Re, University of British Columbia, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1999, Master's, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:High Speed Contouring Control for Machine Tool Drives Research Advisor:Prof. Yusuf Altintas, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • 1996, Master's, Systems and Control Engineering,Course requirements completed, masters degree continued at UBC, Bogazici University, Institute of Science and Engineering
  • 1995, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University


  • ME 548 - Num Control of Mach Tools 1
    • Taught in 2018, 2020, 2021
  • ME 599 - Special Topics in Mech Eng
    • Taught in 2017
  • ME 739 - Manufacturing Processes Topics
    • Taught in 2018
  • ME 780 - Spec Tpcs in Mechatronics
    • Taught in 2018
  • MTE 360 - Automatic Control Systems
    • Taught in 2017, 2018, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Ertay DS, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K, Thermomechanical and geometry model for directed energy deposition with 2D/3D toolpaths, Journal of Additive Manufacturing, 35, 2020
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Control of Machining Processes, Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, 2015, 173 - 179
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Efficient Fitting of the Feed Correction Polynomial for Real-Time Spline Interpolation, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 137(4), 2015
  • Munoa, Jokin and Beudaert, Xavier and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Iglesias, Alex and Barrios, Asier and Zatarain, Mikel, Active suppression of structural chatter vibrations using machine drives and accelerometers, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 64(1), 2015, 385 - 388
  • Okyay, Ahmet and Khamesee, Mir Behrad and Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Design and Optimization of a Voice Coil Actuator for Precision Motion Applications, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 51(6), 2015, 1 - 10
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Alzaydi, Ammar and Elfizy, Amr and Engin, Serafettin, Time-optimized hole sequence planning for 5-axis on-the-fly laser drilling, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 63(1), 2014, 377 - 380
  • Groen A, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Modelling of powder spreading to optimize compaction consistency. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Zhu Y, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Synergy Strategies between Additive Manufacturing and Machining for Designs with High Complexity. Proceedings of the Virtual Machining Process Technology, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)

Graduate Studies